Santa Barbara Symphony

The Santa Barbara Symphony is proud of its upcoming 2022-23 season, which marks the organization’s milestone 70th anniversary. Understandably so, […more…]

In Harmony With the Community

Over the last two years, Santa Barbara Symphony President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin has noticed a marked change in […more…]

Santa Barbara Symphony

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Vice President of Patron & Community Engagement: Rebecca Roling


The mission of the Santa Barbara Symphony is to enrich the lives of Santa Barbara residents by producing and presenting the highest quality musical experiences performed with artistic excellence, which is accessible to the entire community; and to inspire a passion for symphonic music in the next generation of audience members, musicians and funders.

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Our family has a deep appreciation for the enormously positive impact the Symphony’s Music Van, Concerts for Young People, and especially the Youth Symphony have had on my wife and me when we were members many years ago, and on our three children, who continue to play viola, cello, and bass, even as adults now. That is why we have included a bequest for the Symphony in our estate plans, to help secure the future of the Symphony and the education programs that have so enriched our own family.
Dr. Don Gilman
Past President Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Symphony

Reaching Higher

More than ever before – your support makes our impact possible.

At the heart of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission lies our commitment to be an indispensable partner to our community, providing enrichment through inspiring concerts, joy, and music education programs.

In normal times, ticket sales and other earned income cover less than 35 percent of our total operating budget, leaving the remaining gap to be filled by donations. 

As the Symphony returns to live performances and in-person instruction, we are grateful for outpouring of support and encouragement. This has been a challenging time, and yet our five-year artistic and operational framework creates unprecedented opportunity for increased impact!

Key Supporters

Janet Garufis, Chair of the Board
Christopher D. Harris, Treasurer
Michelle Richardson, Secretary
Dan Burnham, Chair of Governance
Kathryn R. Martin, President & CEO, Ex-Officio
Nir Kabaretti,
Music and Artistic Director, Ex-Officio

Mashey Bernstein
Sarah Chrisman
Dr. Don Gilman
Nancy McAleer Golden
Renee Grubb
Sam Hedgpeth III
Palmer G. Jackson, Jr.
Simon Knight
George Konstantinow
Isabelle Meyer Stapf
Howard Jay Smith
Dr. Robert Weinman
Steven Zander,
Orchestra Committee Chair,
Musician Liaison